Thanks for the replies, everyone. I turned my attention last week to my other ants, posted that journal here
I tried to put a lot of pictures and thoughts into that journal. Had to step away afterwards.
But this week, my attention will be back on this. I've already updated the first page to reflect some of your thoughts, what I've found out myself, and what I said I'd update.
Appreciate everyone's patience. I find that I do my best writing / talking when I'm in the right mindset and most days I'm just kinda out of it instead, just dealing with life one day at a time.
But I am happy that I got fellow ant enthusiasts here, a pleasure to hang around with
They have grown a lot. This colony could hit the thousands is you want them to.
That would be nice but I'm quite weary of being overwhelmed. I kinda like it simple and easy.
I am definitely waiting quite eagerly for my first MAJOR, especially a full sized one. As a first time ant keeper, that would be extremely exciting to behold. I got one large cocoon in the last week, here's hoping! 85% it's a larger worker again, which is still very nice, but we'll see
I really can’t get over how good they look in the minihearth… maybe I’ll grab another for my colony…
Ya, that's why I grabbed the package deal he had with the discount. It's pretty neat that you can connect them, that's what I'm planning to do!
I said before that I dreamed of having a top down view nest, however, now that I've them in the mini Hearth for awhile, I think this is the best view for these kinda ants because:
1. Top down view kinda gives it a 2D feel that I'm finding out I'm not too fond of as I put more thought into it. At least that's what I think as I need to experience it myself to form a full opinion on. Funny how fickle I can be, I was hellbent on getting a top down view, but now I like the side view because you can see the ants from all kinds of angles and it feels more 3D and a fuller viewing experience.
2. Unlike other ants that tend to block the glass with debris etc, these ants don't so they're almost the perfect candidate for the side view formicariums.
3. Side view is very nice for just laying right on your desk and staring straight into the formicarium, watching them do their thing. Very relaxing. I would think a top down view, you'd have to be sitting up, looking straight down, bending your neck. I think I'll try the top down view on my second ant species, then I'll update that thought.
This colony is definitely going strong! I've noticed the same thing in my colony, that they place all the brood away from the water tower; seems this is a dry loving species.
Yeah, I'm realizing it even more especially compared to the other ant species. I've updated the first page info to reflect that more, it's under Humidity
Edited by BleepingBleepers, November 22 2023 - 10:27 AM.